Robert Downey Jr calls journalist 'bottom-feeding muckraker'

  • PTI, Los Angeles
  • Updated: Apr 29, 2015 15:41 IST

Avengers star

Robert Downey Jr

does not regret walking out of an interview, recently, where he was asked about his "dark" period.

During a promotional interview for his latest Avengers: Age of Ultron with British journalist Krishnan Guru-Murthy, the actor was seen getting increasingly uncomfortable as he was asked about his relationship with his father, jail time and past drug addiction.

He described Guru-Murthy as a "bottom-feeding muckraker" and "syphilitic parasite".

When Guru-Murthy brought up a quote from a 2008 New York Times interview, a confused Downey Jr said, "I'm sorry, I, I

really don't — what are we doing?" Soon after that the actor walked out saying, "Bye".

Reflecting on his decision, the 50-year-old actor says he should have left the conversation before he did, said The Hollywood Reporter.

"I just wish I'd left sooner" and explained why that is likely what he will do if he finds himself in a similar situation in the future.

"I'm one of those guys where I'm always kind of assuming the social decorum is in play and that we're promoting a superhero movie, a lot of kids are going to see it. This has nothing to do with your creepy, dark agenda that I'm feeling like all of a sudden ashamed and obligated to accommodate your weirdo shit," Downey said, while slamming Guru-Murthy.

"I'm a 50-year-old guy... and I'm completely unevolved when it comes to simple boundaries. (I thought,) 'You know what? You're weirding me out," he said.

Downey does not think he should have to endure such probing questions when he's promoting a movie, and going forward, he says, he will probably extricate himself from a similar situation before it leads to a physical altercation.

"The assumption is that there's a button that because you've sat down there, you're going to be scrutinised like a kiddie fiddler who's running for mayor," the actor said.

"What I have to do in the future is I just have to give myself permission to say, 'That is more than likely a syphilitic parasite, and I need to distance myself from this clown. Otherwise, I'm probably going to put hands on somebody, and then there's a real story.'"

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